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New Solutions Emerge to Help Firms Address SRD2 Issues

A surge of new solutions is emerging to help firms meet the data challenges of Shareholder Rights Directive II (SRD2), which came into force on September 3, 2020 despite pleas from the industry for a delay due to Covid-19 pressures. “We ask you to consider, as a matter of urgency, a delay in the implementation…

LIBOR is Ending – But Most Firms Aren’t Ready, Finds Numerix

The decommission of LIBOR is making a huge imprint on the global financial services sector. The transition from LIBOR to alternative reference rates could be the largest financial engineering project the world has ever seen. So what are financial institutions are doing to prepare for the switch to alternative reference rates, and how far along…

ESMA Yet Again Postpones CSDR Settlement Discipline

In the wake of the UK’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak rejecting the EU’s Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) settlement discipline regime as part of its adoption of EU regulations post-Brexit, it looks as if the European regulator too is now having second thoughts. Last week, ESMA published a final report on the draft technical standards of…

Next Six Months Crucial for LIBOR Transition, FCA Urges Firms to Sign ISDA Protocol

The four to six months ahead of us are arguably the most critical period in the transition away from LIBOR, and the time to act is now. So says Edwin Schooling Latter, Director of Markets and Wholesale Policy at the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, as he urges the financial services industry to prepare for one…

AML Penalties Increase in APAC as Regulators Rev their Engines

By the end of July 2020, AML, KYC and sanctions fines for global financial institutions reached $5.6 billion, according to the latest findings from client lifecycle management specialist Fenergo. Notably however, although overall penalties were actually down by a third compared to the same period last year, fines issued by APAC regulators related to AML…

AxiomSL Reveals New FRTB Certification in Line with ISDA Benchmarking

AxiomSL, a provider of regulatory reporting and risk management solutions, has launched its new Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB-SA) and Counterparty Credit Risk (SA-CCR) certification – one of the first to provide clients with calculations in line with the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s (ISDA) ‘golden source’ calculations. The rigorous golden source calculations…

AI to Assist Regulatory Compliance and Drive Transparency and Growth in an Uncertain World

By Lucas Wurfbain, Co-CEO, FeedStock.  The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the asset management industry has been transformative and wide-ranging. Increased market volatility and a large-scale move to remote working environments, alongside the ever-present uncertainty that comes with almost daily changes in government policy are now the new normal. The regulatory environment has also…

SEC Approves Final Rules on Proxy Advisors

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has voted to adopt new rules requiring proxy advisors to provide companies with access to their voting advice at the same time as shareholders, following a protracted battle over the regulation of investment firms that has spanned several years. According to the SEC the new rules – which also…

EBA Seeks to Reduce Reporting Costs for Financial Firms

The European Banking Authority (EBA) is exploring ways to streamline supervisory reporting requirements and reduce reporting costs for financial institutions, especially smaller ones, as part of its drive to create a more “proportionate” regulatory and supervisory framework. Common supervisory reporting was first introduced in the EU back in 2013, and the EBA is mandated by…

Regulation Best Interest: A New Standard for US Brokers

The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest—or Reg BI— officially came into effect on June 30, 2020. Brokerage firms now have to comply with a whole new standard of conduct when dealing with retail clients, in one of the biggest regulatory shake-ups for the US market in years… but there have been concerns…